Single Idea 16563

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / e. Lawlike explanations]

Full Idea

It is not regularities that explain but the activities that sustain the regularities.

Gist of Idea

The explanation is not the regularity, but the activity sustaining it


Machamer,P/Darden,L/Craver,C (Thinking About Mechanisms [2000], 7)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophy of Science' [-], p.22

A Reaction

Good, but we had better not characterise the 'activities' in terms of regularities.